Meridian Star

Local News

January 9, 2010

Best of Both Worlds Addiction Center for Women

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Star: Have you been able to gauge what your success rate has been?



Storms: We think we have about a 40 percent success rate, which is about a 20 percent higher rate than most.



Graham: And I think we have that because it's so personal. It's a small group. It's concentrated. It's just such a small intimate setting that's different from an average treatment center, where you may go through a class of 40 or 50. At Best of Both Worlds, you bond with these four or five women that you go through treatment with, and it just makes a difference.



Storms: One thing about Best of Both Worlds, too, is that when they leave, they don't really leave. We keep up with them. It's like a family. We have a really good support system... Another thing we do that's different from what others do is we don't give up on people. We believe in perseverance because sometimes you don't get it the first time.



Star: Adele, can you talk about your personal experience as a patient at Best of Both Worlds?



Storms: Really, she a miracle, because she's been through a lot.



Graham: It really has been a miracle. One of the things that Best of Both Worlds did for me, I had real fear of returning to Meridian. That's where my active addiction started and took place. So, it's been able to help me face my past and reconcile there, be a part of my family, a part of my community, a part of my children's lives, which is all very different...

Basically I battled addiction for 30 years with no success until now. And for me to be back now, a part of my children and a part of my family, is a miracle. I had been to many different institutions under court orders, I think it's around 20 that I went to in those 30 years — and this one is really different. I can tell you because I've been to those other ones. I've lived it and I've been there. The whole thing is so different in the way we do things out there, and that's, I think, what makes it more successful.

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